A remarkable second-half performance saw AFC Portchester storm to a 7-2 derby win over Horndean in the Wessex League premier division at Five Heads Park last night.
The two sides were locked at 2-2 at half-time but after the break the Royals ran riot.
Luke Sweeney grabbed a hat-trick and debut-making Alex Baldacchino came off the bench to score twice.
Veteran Sammy Igoe and Andy Rinamhota also got in on the act to leave the home side shell-shocked.
‘It was a thoroughly convincing and disciplined display on a very difficult surface,’ said Royals director of football Mick Jenkins.
‘The intoduction of Alex Baldacchino at half-time proved the turning point.
‘Horndean couldn’t deal with Alex and he was unlucky not to get a hat-trick.’
Robbie Pitman and Harry Potter grabbed the Horndean goals.
Elsewhere, Bradey Norton smashed a hat-trick as Fareham Town gave their premier division survival chances a shot in the arm.
Fellow-strugglers Christchurch had no answer to Norton, who helped the Reds to a convincing 7-1 win.
Ash Tattersall, Sam Kirkwood, Ian Humble and Jack James also found the net as the Cams Alders outfit picked up only their second league win of the season.
The result helped Matt Parr’s side close the gap to safety to six points.
And the boss was delighted by the performance.
Parr said: ‘We dominated from start to finish.
‘The new players we have brought in are starting to make a difference.
‘Bradey Norton has been injured most of the season, so to come back in and score a hat-trick was fantastic.
‘There is a belief within the squad we can stay up but we must build on this result.’
Norton fired the hosts ahead with a 25-yard free-kick before Tattersall added a second.
Eight minutes into the second half, Kirkwood hammered home.
And the rout continued in the latter stages with further Fareham goals, including another two for Norton.